Bobby Thomson is the guy who hit THAT home run for the NY Giants. You know the one … “The Giants Win the Pennant!”. That one. He was a fine player who had many terrific seasons with the Giants. He was traded by the Giants to the Braves before the 1954 season and he was expected to hold down one of the outfield spots. During an exhibition game that March, Thomson broke his leg in three places.
The guy who took his place had been targeted to start the season in AAA. Instead, he would remain a fixture of Braves lineups for the next 21 seasons. His name was Hank Aaron.